Morgan Community Association, Quarterly Meeting

 Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:00 pm         -              The Kenney, Courtyard Room

Convened, Welcome: Phil Tavel, Vice-Chair,  Presiding (7:25)- 17 persons attending

Introductions:    Yun Pitre, Dept. of Neighborhoods

City Council Candidates (5 minutes):

  • Position 8: Hisam Goueli – concerns regarding senior citizen issues, homelessness, and quality of life in neighborhoods impacted by HALA.
  • Position 9: Pat Murakami, rep. by sister, Paula Harris. – concerns regarding                               voice of  neighborhoods, especially re. zoning changes, affordable housing.

Morgan Minute Updates:

SW District Council, Tamsen Spengler, reporting.  Conversations re. need for new leadership,        with development of Mentoring program for new leadership. Next meeting will be in         September – Contact Tamsen if interested in SW District Council activities (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

SW Precinct Advisory Group, Phil Tavel, reporting. Concerns re. recent late-night issues at Solstice Park. A representative of SW Precinct police will attend our October meeting.

Movies in the Park at the Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau) Free community outdoor movies and refreshments monthly during Summer: July 28 and August 18 (sundown).

Emergency Hubs Drill – July 29th, (9:00 to noon) Practice for a Disaster! – 3 West Seattle Emergency Hubs involved. For more info: or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Morgan Junction Family Cleanup –August 6, (begin at 9:00 am), led by local group. Check West Seattle Blog for details.  

Morgan Park Expansion Planning Group: Next Meeting August 21, venue TBA.

Orchard Street Ravine Natural Area – adjacent land on steep slope is now for sale. Consult Seattle Parks Dept. for possible sale.

Special Focus,

Part I: The MHA Environmental Impact Statement – the DEIS (provisional, not final) is now available, especially as it reflects changes in the neighborhood plan for Morgan Junction and several other neighborhoods of the city. Concerns were expressed regarding both Morgan and other city-wide responses. Anyone who wishes to read the DEIS and/or respond to it may do so until August 7 through a web-site available through the City of Seattle web-site. Please send any copies of any responses you made to Deb Barker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Chair of MoCA), or Cindi Barker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that a ‘trail’ of Morgan neighborhood thinking can be retained. The final Environmental Impact Statement will emerge from responses to the provisional DEIS.               A hearings examiner will adjudicate the process.   Question: Are public hearings scheduled? Answer:  None are scheduled, but we may expect at least one, to be announced soon. Notification will be circulated as soon as received.

Part II: Morgan Junction Comprehensive Plan Amendment – We have asked for an expanded Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan amendment process. The response from the OPCD (Office of Planning and Community Development) indicates that they will create and submit amendments      to the Neighborhood Plan within the next year.  Question: Can we challenge the process? Answer: A decision will be made by the City Council in 2018 concerning the integrity of the public input. We’ll participate in the docketing process for that.

Old Business:

Lowman Beach Seawall timeline – Seawall and Beach restoration are in process. Watch for a Site-walk with neighbors on July 31. Check the web-page of the Parks Department for more information.

Morgan Junction Mural Project – MoCA is planning to contribute to mural restoration project that is underway. The artist will submit plans and estimates for fund-raising.

Morgan Junction Festival was held on June 17 with excellent weather, good crowds, especially for music and children’s activities. We suspended the Bark of Morgan activity this year due to lack of volunteer to assume leadership. This annual (13th year) event continues to need greater volunteer help. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Morgan neighborhood business community for their support of this annual event. Morgan Community Association will need new Treasurer and Vice-President for 2018, as well as volunteers for the Festival Planning committee.

Meeting concluded – 8:15

Eldon Olson, Sec. Pro temp


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